Auditions for Macbeth coming soon. The classic tragedy marks the second year of New Bedford’s free Shakespeare event.

Shakespeare in Buttonwood Park, New Bedford’s free Shakespeare event, is holding open auditions for its second summer. The announcement of Macbeth follows the event’s successful launch last summer with a performance of Romeo & Juliet.

Shakespeare in Buttonwood marks the second collaboration between the City of New Bedford including the New Bedford Free Public Library, Department of Parks, Recreation, and Beaches, and Mayor’s Office, and local fringe theater company, The Glass Horse Project.

Macbeth tells the story of a young general who, by the prophecy of three witches, sets out to become the King of Scotland. “You always want to produce something relevant,” Founding Artistic Director of Glass Horse Project Korey Pimental says. “I think it’s a story about how far we’ll go to fulfill our desires, which is always an interesting thing to explore and dig deeper into.”

Open auditions for Shakespeare in Buttonwood’s production of Macbeth will be held on Saturday, May 19 at The New Bedford Free Public Library on 613 Pleasant St in New Bedford. Everyone is welcome to audition. General auditions are 11 am to 3 pm, and as needed callbacks are from 4 to 5 pm on the same night. Please come prepared with a Shakespearean monologue, not exceeding one minute in length. Although it is preferred the monologue is memorized, it is not necessary. The performances will be in the middle of August, with an exact date to be announced. The date will be provided during auditions to prospective actors. Rehearsals will be every Saturday from 1 to 5 at the New Bedford Free Public Library. Please send any questions to, or find The Glass Horse Project on Facebook.

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